In 2005, high-ranked criminal Barão is planning the heist that inspired the film. He needs to dig a tunnel linking a house to the Banco Central's vault in Fortaleza, where he'll steal millions of (R$) reais.
Best buddies Acerola and Laranjinha, about to turn 18, discover things about their missing fathers' pasts which will shatter their solid friendship, in the middle of a war between rival drug gangs from Rio's favelas.
During the Carnival in the historical site of Pelourinho (Salvador, Bahia, Brazil), we follow the lives of the tenants of a falling-to-pieces tenement house who try to get by using creativity, irony, humor and music.
A Romeo-and-Juliet kind of love affair. The difference here is what sets the two lovers apart: their soccer teams. Being a fan of Corinthians, Romeu has to fake he really likes Palmeiras, in order to gain Julieta's heart.
The Caravana Rolidei rolls into town with the Gypsy Lord at the mike: he does magic tricks, the erotic Salomé dances, and the mute Swallow performs feats of strength. A young accordion ... See full summary »
"A beautiful movie that we highly recommend." Odile Tremblay, Le Devoir, Newspaper (Montreal, Canada)
"A reflection about the meaning of life, in a very beautiful movie." Marc-André Lussier, La Presse Montreal, Newspaper (Montreal, Canada)
"'The Greatest Love of all' is a beautiful movie, as a concept and in its execution. The director, also writer of the script, chooses the right way to the story and goes through it with skillfulness and conviction. A brilliant performance by José Wilker, and the camera work is really great." Leonardo Maia, Jornal do Brasil, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"The entire Brazil fits in this film and the greatest love is the love for life. It's the work of a mature artist in harmony with his time." Luiz Carlos Merten, O Estado de São Paulo, Newspaper (São Paulo).
"Since the first scene of this film, it's a poetic prospective that opens up for our eyes, where beauty comes out when we least expect." Cássio Sarling Carlos, Folha de São Paulo, Newspaper (São Paulo).
"The sublime performance of the cast is an essential part of my willing to see this film infinite times." Jorge Mautner, Jornal do Brasil, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"Carlos Diegues's best film in the last 20 years, 'The Greatest Love of All' is a sensible and touching film." Artur Xexéo, O Globo, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"I cried a lot in Diegues's film, I think it is beautiful, tough and generous, without a doubt a film that believes in the image." Maria do Rosário Caetano, Almanaque/Revista de Cinema, Monthly Magazine (Rio de Janeiro).
"'The Greatest Love of All' is a love story, a road movie with a documental touch." Ana Paula Sousa, Carta Capital, Weekly Magazine (São Paulo).
"It's a beautiful piece of work, full of love for Brazil, with regard to the country's contradictions and understanding towards human being. And still brings us a great performance by José Wilker." Luiz Zanin Oricchio, Guia de O Estado de São Paulo, Weekly Magazine (São Paulo).
"'The Greatest Love of All' is the best film by Carlos Diegues, maybe because it condenses the path of an entire generation. It must be seen the same way you read a poem or if it were the construction of a dream." Zuenir Ventura, O Globo, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"The beautiful thing about the story told by Diegues is that the main character seeks the love he never had, because it's always time to learn how to love. The film is a free, happy parabola about this truth." Contardo Calligaris, Folha de São Paulo,Newspaper (São Paulo).
"One of the more human and poetic films by Diegues, and the best performance ever by José Wilker. Almost a poetic transfiguration, straitening life up, a romantic drama." Rubens Ewald Filho, Flash, Weekly Magazine (São Paulo).
"Carlos Diegues takes excluded people from the border to the center of the screen, mainly when he aims his camera to Rio's lowlands, and makes his most beautiful and touching film of recent years." Leonardo Ferreira, Extra, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"In a nonstop search for the comprehension of the human soul, the result is a roller-coaster of emotions like in few Brazilian films. A road movie, not only through the heart of the main character, but also through the inside of a city that Diegues knows like the palm of his had." Lúcio Flavio, Correio Braziliense, Newspaper (Brasília).
"It's impossible to be happy alone, sang Tom Jobim in the song called 'Wave'. In 'The greatest love of all', Carlos Diegues reaffirms the composer, but in a melancholy way, through the story of this astrophysicist played by José Wilker in a delicate and restrained performance". Rubia Mazzini, O Dia, Newspaper (Rio de Janeiro).
"José Wilker reigns from the first to the last scene". Edgar Lopes, Época, Weekly Magazine (Rio de Janeiro).
"Carlos Diegues recovers the route of drama in a moving, sensitive and painfully sad story". Miguel Barbieri Jr., Veja SP, Weekly Magazine (São Paulo).
"It is simply magic. There is no recipe to make such a beautiful, cruel and so cathartic film". Gerald Thomas, Folha de São Paulo, Newspaper (São Paulo)
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